Our Future Summer Sunday Schedule
On Sunday, June 12th, Pastor Merritt will be leading the last worship service until he returns from Florida Annual Conference and an extensive Summer Vacation. That Sunday will be Graduation Sunday and New Member Sunday. Afam Dike will be honored for his graduation from High School, and we will be celebrating new members to our church.

The Florida Annual Conference will be held this year in Orlando, Florida from June 15th through June 18th. Pastor Merritt will be attending along with Kim Floyd, our lay delegate to the conference. Please pray for our representatives and everyone participating at this important Annual Conference.

Following the Annual Conference, Pastor Merritt will be embarking on vacation from Sunday, June 19th through the Fourth of July weekend. He will return on Wednesday, July 6th. Pastor Rick Phillips will be available for emergency pastoral care duties during this time. You can contact Rick either through the church office or by calling 503-7933.

On Sunday, June 19th, our Lay Speaker, Kim Floyd will be providing the sermon, and we will be celebrating Father’s Day Sunday.

On Sunday, June 26th, we will hold our annual Gideon Rally Sunday, with a speaker from the Gideon Society occupying our pulpit.

On Sunday, July 3rd, we will be celebrating our America’s Independence. Pastor Norma Encarnacion, the leader of our Hispanic congregation, will be delivering the message to a combined congregation on that Sunday.

Giving our Graduates a Helping Hand
Please help us as we honor our Graduating Seniors by providing a little financial help in the form of a scholarship. Every little bit helps with the expenses of higher education. An anonymous donor has pledged to match the scholarship fund on a dollar for dollar basis—up to a total of $400. Just mark your check or envelope with “Scholarship” during our regular offering, or bring your contribution to the church office. May God bless you for helping our youth.

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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Sunday Services
Faith Groups (Sunday School) for all ages at 9:00 AM
Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Hispanic Service at 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 14
Finance Committee Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 15 through 
Saturday, June 18
Florida UMC Annual Conference. Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando Florida.

Sunday, June 19
Father’s Day Sunday featuring Kim Floyd.  Sanctuary 10:00 AM

Sunday, June 26
Gideon Rally Sunday. 
 Sanctuary, 10:00 AM

Sunday, July 3
Patriotic America Sunday featuring Pastor Norma Encarnacion.  Sanctuary, 
10 AM (Combined Service)

Monday, July 11 – Friday, July 15
Vacation Bible School. “Surf Shack”, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Buildings and Grounds.

Sunday July 17
VBS Sunday.  Sanctuary, 10:00 AM
UMW After-Service Luncheon. Ruby Tuesday’s, Gibsonton Drive, 11:45 AM.
Get Ready for Vacation Bible School

Rolinda Smoak and her fine group of volunteers are planning this summer’s Vacation Bible School. VBS will be held from July 11th through July 15th, from 6:30 until 8:30 each evening.

The theme this year is “Surf Shack”.   All VBS Children and their parents will be invited back on Sunday, July 17th to share what they have learned with the congregation.

We are praying that we can have 100 children attend this year. We will certainly need a number of volunteers interested in helping out with the program.

Now is the time to let Rolinda know if you want to help out with this important ministry to the community. You can register your children or volunteer your services online by going to our VBS Website.
The Bible Passage of the Week
Accept Christ’s Mercy and Grace

Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (The Message)